Game On

Game Day Snacks: Spinach Dip Bread Bowls

Football -- it's finally here! I could not be more excited to throw on a jersey, stress over my fantasy team and get a nice buzz while watching the games every weekend. But equally as important -- the food! While I love me some spinach dip, I loathe having to crowd around the bowl and fight for a spoonful...or maybe I just hate sharing.

Either way, these Mini Spinach Bread Bowls are the perfect solution; you get a good amount of cheesy, creamy spinach dip, plus crusty, buttery bread, in every bite.

I used some extra homemade pizza dough that I had on hand, but you can use store-bought dough, pastry cups or even crescent rolls. Whatever you think would taste the best.

Here's how to make them:

Ingredients yields about 3 dozen bites

  • 1 10 oz box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or mozzarella
  • Splashes of hot sauce to taste
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 package pizza dough (or 36 phyllo pastry shells)


    Heat skillet over medium-high heat and coat lightly with olive oil. Add in thawed spinach, minced garlic and paprika, tossing to coat. Sauté for about five minutes, until spinach is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to let cool.

    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and add in pizza dough, pressing down and around the sides to form cups.

    Use a cloth towel to squeeze out excess moisture from spinach. Add to large bowl and mix with cream cheese, shredded cheddar and a few dashes of hot sauce.

    Add a spoonful of spinach mixture into each dough cup.

    Bake until bread is cooked through and dip is melted and bubbling, about 10-12 minutes. (If using pastry shells, follow baking instructions on package.)

    Serve these gooey, cheesy babies hot on their own or with marinara for dipping. Enjoy!

    And in case you missed them, check out our other Game Day Snacks here.

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    Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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